After winning an Olympic qualification through her breathtaking performance at the Rio Test Event in April, young Slovakian gymnast Barbora Mokošová said that she is now seriously preparing for the Olympic Games in August.

“It was amazing, and I could not believe that I was able to fulfill my dream and qualify for the Olympic Games,” said the Slovakian gymnast, who is also busy preparing for the upcoming  European Championships in Bern, Switzerland next month. “I am taking every single competition very seriously, and my preparation for each is the same and on a very intense level.”

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Mokošová, who just turned 19 two months ago, has been a mainstay for Slovakia throughout the present Olympic quadrennium. She achieved the 39th spot in the all-around event of the qualification rounds at the 2014 World Championships in Antwerp, placed 81st in the all-around event of the qualifications at the Nanning World Championships in 2014, and achieved the 90th spot in the all-around event of the Glasgow World Championships in 2015.

During the Rio test event last month, the 19-year-old Slovakian gymnast scored 52.532 points to acquire the 43rd spot in the all-around event, taking into account the fall on the balance beam.

Some of Mokošová’s best performances are the 6th place finish on the uneven bars at the 2014 Ljubljana Challenge Cup, 5th place finish on the uneven bars at the 2015 Osijek World Challenge Cup, 17th in the all-around event of the 2015 European Championships in Montpellier, France, and 18th place in the all-around event of the Baku 2015 European Games.

Mokošová, who has received the award of Slovakia’s Female Gymnast of the Year twice (2014 and 2015), said she aims to further enhance the scoring potential of her 2016 routine for a favorable performance at the Olympic Games.

“I would like to finish the routines that I am working on currently, to get them to a higher level and ensure myself higher start values,” said the 19-year-old Slovakian athlete, who currently trains under the supervision of coaches Martin Zvalo and Nadežda Miklošová at the club Slavia UK Bratislava. “I would like to work on vault and try to get into the vault final, and I would like to get to the all-around final.”

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Mokošová mentioned that she aspires to use her performance in the Olympic Games as a way to bring back the popularity of women’s gymnastics in Slovakia. Currently, the top performance of a female Slovakian gymnast in the Olympic Games is Zuzana Sekerova’s 47th place finish in the all-around event of the 2004 Olympic Games.

“I will absolutely try to do my best to represent my country on a very high level and hopefully make this sport more popular,” Barbora Mokošová said. “In the past years we were lacking in young and prospective athletes, which is a very sad thing, because gymnastics used to be very popular in Slovakia. I hope for this trend to return.”

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